Gaillon-sur-Montcient
(Yvelines, France)
Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
Surveyed: 1972-74, 1980-83, 2003, 2014
This is an experimental section where John James is attempting to identify the carvers though the use of common templates and/or a recognisable manners of carving. Such a large-scale analysis of all the capitals in these buildings has not been attempted before. As an ongoing enterprise that is still in its infancy, we seek your input. John believes this has the potential to increase our understanding of how they worked and to provide a more solid basis for dating than we have had.
Presumably there had been an earlier square bay and apse to the east, the buttresses on the east side of the crossing suggest a narrow bay; probably had transepts against which the later transepts were added.
Set out nave and crossing together with bases at the same height from setback in north side of WN buttress; bases of W-s door.
Crossing capitals with arches and buttresses to support the tower
Nave capitals and imposts set against crossing
Tower I, and buttresses changes 3 courses above arches into roof.
Tower II from above previous change to openings in next level visible above choir vaults, round arches.
North transept with triple shafts on three corners.
South nave doorway shafts and caps added with a projecting gable roof.
Spire financed by Count Galeran
South transept with en delit shafts against crossing; because the lower courses of stonework around the choir are very different to the upper, the external walls of the choir with buttresses were built at this time.
Upper aisle walls of choir; the entire building erected independently of earlier with wider spans; choir piers and arcade arches, and aisle vaults and intended to demolish older west as new arcade arch started in EN1+aisles .
Choir clerestory windows wider then below and the wall is set back over the horizontal moulding over the aisle windows; this clerestory level of the eastern wall was built on its own, with its clerestory vaulting caps, as can be seen in joints of each sid
Choir clerestory windows wider then below and the wall is set back over the horizontal moulding over the aisle windows; this clerestory level of the eastern wall was built on its own, with its clerestory vaulting caps, as can be seen in joints of each side from within the roof.


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